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Veneer Production

Two things are important to the quality and value of the veneer: the experience and specific knowledge selecting the right logs and the production know-how.

Only a small amount of wood can be utilized for veneer

Although the forest contains 40,000 different species of wood – 30% of the earth's surface is covered with forest, 10.5 million square miles of which are managed forests - there are only 600 species that can be used commercially. Of these, only 28 species cover around 75% of the industrial demand for wood, and then only a small amount of these can be utilized for veneer production.

You cannot do it without the expert

When it comes to producing Danzer veneers from a log there is one element you cannot do without: the human touch. No machine can ever replace people, their experience, their product knowledge, and their love for wood. The job of producing veneers from a tree begins with the selection of the right logs. Depending on the species and the log's external appearance, the expert must then decide how a log should be prepared for production. These decisions are not only important to the quality and value of the veneer, but also to get the best utilization of our precious raw material.

The secret of the proper cooking

The consistently high quality and yield of Danzer veneers is also influenced by the proper cooking of the logs prior to cutting. This makes for a smooth cut and excellent color. Depending on the species and often influenced by the logs' region of origin, the length of the cooking time varies from only a few hours to over a week. The water temperature is also a very important variable which must be strictly controlled. If you overcook the wood, you usually get a rough cut. That is why all Danzer cooking schedules are computer-controlled to the minutest detail. The water in which logs are boiled does not contain any chemical additives. Steaming requires nothing but water, time and the right temperature.

Slicing and drying

In the end, experience plays a large part in slicing and drying. From the slicing machine, which must be set precisely to the respective type of wood and constantly readjusted to the specific growth, up to the drying temperature, everything has to be just right to produce veneer that deserves the Danzer label. Danzer sets the standards especially when it comes to slicing. The VS4000 slicing machine the company developed itself has given an entirely new conception to the most important step in manufacturing veneer – cutting. Thanks to a new innovation in cutting technology, differences in the thickness of veneer sheets are practically a thing of the past.

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Did you know...

... that no forest is destroyed to harvest wood used for decorative purposes?

... that only a few trees have the properties necessary for their wood to be used for decorative purposes?

... that ten percent of today´s forest areas would be enough to meet the worldwide demand for timber sustainably (including paper production)?


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